Quick iOS Tips: Mass Selecting Photos, Pausing Your Email

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Though most of us use our iOS devices on a daily basis, there are so many hidden tips and features built in that some of them go under the radar. We've been collecting hidden iOS secrets and creating quick videos around them, giving our readers a second look at essential time-saving features that may have been missed.

Our most recent videos cover two handy tips for Photos and Mail, demonstrating features that make it easier to select photos and pause to access the rest of a mailbox when composing an email. Check them out below:




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Article Link: Quick iOS Tips: Mass Selecting Photos, Pausing Your Email
 
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baryon

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Great way to delete all my duplicate photos from "iCloud Photos" every single time I take any photos.

"Hey let's give people 16GB iPhones, then duplicate every single photo they take by uploading and downloading the pictures over the internet into a different folder! Sounds like a good idea, let's ship it!" - Apple
 
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orbital~debris

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I'm pretty sure a lot of these tips show up in the keynote presentations, often with Craig Federighi demonstrating.
Apple's iOS Tips app has been giving some good advice lately, too!

Great that MR are publishing them as well - evidently catching additional users.
 

C DM

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:eek:All these years I've been canceling an email, but instead saving a draft, going to another message, then re-loading the draft to finish. I've always hated how clunky that was.
This new tip will change my life!
It's also basically new functionality that only came around in the last year or two.
 

jayducharme

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It is so great we have been given a flat operating system without any clues how to use it, so we get to watch youtube videos instead of just looking at the UI and understand how it works...
But to be fair, as iOS has gained increasing complexity with features many people have been clamoring for, there's only so much an interface that small can do well. I would rather have those features "hidden" than not have them at all. I love the fact that you can drag over multiple photos. Until now, I never knew that was possible, and I'm sure I'll be using that a lot.
 
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bice

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... Until now, I never knew that was possible, and I'm sure I'll be using that a lot.
That was an integral part of the earliest Mac OS, illustrated by the rubber band box. It was immediately clear to users you could select one or many things by that drag. Don't tell me it would have been impossible to make that abundantly clear in ios aswell.
 

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It is so great we have been given a flat operating system without any clues how to use it, so we get to watch youtube videos instead of just looking at the UI and understand how it works...
Flat or not there are often some features that aren't necessrily obvious to everyone.
 

Glassed Silver

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It is so great we have been given a flat operating system without any clues how to use it, so we get to watch youtube videos instead of just looking at the UI and understand how it works...
This so much.

I was pretty excited about the flat design for about 3 months, basically the whole time just felt fresh and the annoyances I dismissed as transitional.
Turns out the UX still sucks monkey balls, buttons as links without a clear "tappable" design indicator other than typical "link color" got me sick and tired.

Quite honestly, I can't wait for the day flat looks old and the "old style" looks modern again.

Take a look at car designs: in some decades round is where it's at, a bit later on edgy and sharp are what everyone wants.
This comes and goes. I hope this will be similar.

Flat or not there are often some features that aren't necessrily obvious to everyone.
That is absolutely true, however with a flat design you immediately lose a lot of overview about what's going on, what is content, what is a button, what is mere text, etc...

I can basically tell you what's on a screen with peripheral vision looking at iOS 6, with iOS 7 and up I likely couldn't even tell you which app you're in, unless it's something like the Photos app and there's just a big mishmash of colors (thumbnails).

Glassed Silver:mac
 

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:eek:All these years I've been canceling an email, but instead saving a draft, going to another message, then re-loading the draft to finish. I've always hated how clunky that was.
This new tip will change my life!
Not that I compose a lot of emails on my iPhone, but I am known to save a message as a draft to reference another email and go back to it. I did know about this at all, but will definitely keep this in mind for next time. Great tip!
 
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